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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Mark Pazniokas of "The CT Mirror" reports as follows:
"It happened to Lowell P. Weicker Jr. in 1994, John G. Rowland in 1996 and M. Jodi Rell in 2010: Those governors faced outcries for failing to include a single black lawyer in large classes of Superior Court nominees.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose latest nominees await confirmation votes by the General Assembly before it adjourns June 3, is the first Connecticut governor in two decades to avoid controversy over judicial diversity.
Thirty percent of the 47 judges Malloy has nominated to the Superior Court since taking office in 2011 have been minorities, twice the percentage of those named by his immediate predecessors, Rell and Rowland.
The higher percentage of minority lawyers being named to the bench reflects Malloy’s commitment to diversity, but also nearly two decades of effort by the judiciary and legal profession to demystify the process and broaden the pool of potential judicial candidates..."
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